Time Management and Sleep Are Partners

Time Management and sleep are partners!  Everyone knows it – everyone.

BUT sleep is often the very thing that is sacrificed first

According to the National Sleep Foundation (http://www.sleepfoundation.org/), “It’s a basic necessity of life, as important to our health and well-being as air, food and water.  When we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to face daily challenges.  When we don’t, every part of our lives can suffer.  Our jobs, relationships, productivity, health and safety (and that of those around us) are all put at risk.  And lack of sleep due to sleep loss or sleep disorders is taking a serious toll.”  They further state that 37% of people are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities.  “Though our society has changed, our brains and bodies have not.  Sleep deprivation is affecting us all and we are paying the price.”  

It’s a spiral.  Once you are sleep deprived and no adjustment is made to rectify the situation, then problems are compounded because a person simply can’t function properly or think straight.  Why?  Because sleep is restorative to our brains and the rest of our bodies and that’s why you feel “refreshed” after a good sleep – your bodily functions have been restored to their maximum functionality.  

Without sleep, you become a dangerous driver!  Lack of sleep  can make you irritable and , impatient, your concentration is compromised.  At work the consequences are dire – it is estimated that $18 billion is lost in productivity and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that crashes due to driver fatigue cost $12.5 billion per year in productivity and property loss – 1,500 people die every year in fatigue-related crashes.  Sobering, isn’t it?  And many still believe that “it won’t happen to me.  that’s the other person who doesn’t have enough sleep”.  

So how do you think your time management will be affected when you are irritable, impatient, can’t concentrate and can’t even drive a car safely?  A lot!  Everything becomes a struggle as you “plow” through the day, day after day after day.  The results can’t be good – you know that – we all know that – we all try to fool ourselves but we know we can only fool ourselves for only so long!  How can any of us think about good time management habits when we can’t even handle the most basic of life’s needs – sleep?  Once you get that sleep, time management becomes much simpler – it’s easier to think through life’s challenges, and, with energy, we are able to see clearly how to plan effectively to get to where we’re going – day by day.  

Here are some recommendations made by the National Sleep Foundation – you might find them useful. The Promise of Sleep, written by a pioneer in sleep, it outlines for you how sleep affects everything in your life. Anther book which you might like is called, A Good Night’s Sleep.

In your bedroom you may very well benefit from an apparatus recommended by the National Sleep Foundation  The Austin HealthMate combines proven filter technology to provide the best overall protection from a wide range of airborne particles, chemicals, gases, and odors.  Some reviewers say it’s the best purifier they’ve ever owned.

 The National Sleep Foundation also recommends the book pictured above – The Promise of Sleep.  It’s a more complex book but you’ll gain great respect for sleep once you’ve read this one.  Lack of sleep can cause all kinds of health problems, some of which can kill you!

 And here is a CD created by Paul Swingle, PHD from Harvard Medical School which helps people to achieve and maintain restorative sleep.  

 Get some sleep – you’ll see your time management will become far easier!  

Lorraine Arams
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Gulf of Mexico – The Epitome of Poor Time Management

The epitome of poor time management is demonstrated by the BP tragedy that keeps on giving !

The aim of any corporation is profit – and that’s a good thing for shareholders and employees alike – as long as there are profits, shareholders will continue to invest and employees will continue to have jobs.  Customers will continue to have access to the product too.  That’s planning – assuring cotinued health of the corporation.  And what are plans based on?  Mission and values of the company?

Okay – so far so good – and what is consumed during the planning process – time!  Good planning means taking the time  to assure that all aspects of achieving the company’s goals are taken into account – and that includes planning ahead to solve foreseeable problems.

How does that translate to good time management?  If you think and plan ahead for any issue which may come about, it means that, in the long run, you save time.  Why?  Because you can move into action immediately preventing, likely, the problem getting worse and consuming even more time by more people for a longer period of time.

Is the situation in the Gulf of Mexico getting worse?  You betcha!  We haven’t seen anything yet!

And you can bet that there are a lot of people at BP “spinning their wheels” trying to figure out what to do now. 

If BP executives had taken the time to plan for the worse possible scenario, oil cleaning equipment with the latest technology would have been on the scene quickly.  Are they?  No.  Because no one was prepared, not even government.  Would the well have been capped within hours?  Yes but it wasn’t.  Would the damaged parts of the rig have been repaired before they caused problems?  Yes.  Were they?  No.  Why not?  Why wouldn’t any executive in the oil business not be able to foresee these possible problems and assure that plans were in place to deal with this kind of situation quickly and effectively?  After all, if you’re an expert in an industry, surely, you know the possibilities.

Now, of course, we’re all paying the price.

People diedWildlife is dying Ocean pleasures as we once knew them in that region are being destroyedOur food supply is being wiped out.  Livelihoods in that region are becoming extinct.   Why?  Because BP executives placed no value on the very resource on which they operated – they didn’t care enough to take the time to plan for the worse possible scenario and take action to assure that everything was in place should it ever happen.  To me, that’s poor planning – a poor use of time.

Say, another scenario had taken place.  In this scenario, the BP would have spent time during their planning stages to reach their goal of drilling from the ocean floor by assuring safety, maintenance and disaster procedures.  In this case, the disaster may have never happened because the broken parts of the rig would have been repaired immediately.  And if something did happen, BP was ready to cap the well immediately, deploy the latest in oil clean up technology quickly,  and execute a procedure to assure minimum impact on lives and the environment.  Would it have taken so much more time to plan this way?  Of course, not.

But, now, all over the world, we will all lose.  

Now we will all pay – we will all pay at the pumps, for the clean up, reduction in food supply and water-related activities and for what has been lost which can never be recovered – the health of our oceans.  And all the children and grand-children will pay – even those of the BP executives!

And there’s another one just waiting to happen in greater proportions!  Did you watch 60 Minutes last Sunday?  If you didn’t, try to find a rebroadcast somewhere – you’ll be astonished.  It was said on 60 Minutes that BP was ignoring that problem too!

With poor planning, there is no allowance for worse case scenarios and the negative impact on time is substantial.  Good time management practices assure that the time taken today to plan saves time, energy and resources in the future.  If BP executives had taken the time to properly plan for all eventualities which could have been foreseen, hundreds of thousands of hours could have been saved by BP employees, oil clean up crews, governments trying to deal with the disaster, volunteers trying to save wildlife and clean up the beaches, and it could have saved lives!

Lorraine Arams
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Time Management – Where Does It Begin?

Where does time management begin?  What an odd question!  Is it? 

Think about managing your time and let’s just think about one small capsule of the huge infinity of time – today

How did you start your day today? 

Were you in a good mood or stressed when you woke up this morning?  Did you rush through your shower, grab something from the cupboard for breakfast on your way out the door  OR  did you enjoy the texture of the soap against your skin, the wonderful warm water streaming down your body and the plushness of your favorite towel?  Did you sit down to a healthy breakfast?

Which of these two scenarios do you think will lead to the best time management possibilities for the day?  Just the day – that’s all – not the week or month or year. 

What is your habit? 

That small glimpse of a very short period of time today can demonstrate to you how you handle your life,  how much you take care of yourself and how much you value  all that is in your life.  Think about it.  You’ll be amazed how such a short “window” of how you “operate” in life can give you the clues you need to begin good time management habits.  Time management always begins with you and you alone – nothing and no one else can do it for you but first it’s important to know what you value.  Watch what you do – your values will scream out loud and clear!

Lorraine Arams
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How Can You Combine Your Rhythm with Your Life to Create a Symphony

How can you combine your rhythm with your life to create a symphony?

Everyone has a unique rhythm.  You can see it quite visibly every single day everywhere.  Watch how people walk, how they talk, how they move – no two people are alike.  Quite marvelous, isn’t it?  Take a basic structure – the human form – and we find a multitude of  “variations on a theme”. 

Most people likely have never noticed that they themselves have a certain rhythm that is unlike anyone else’s.  Why?  Likely because we need to conform – get up at a certain time to be somewhere at a certain time or do something at a certain time – and we lose our perspective on our particular rhythm. 

Watch a baby – this baby has not yet had to conform – the baby cries when she/he wants to cry, eats when she/he wants to eat,  smiles when she/he wants to smile and, pretty much, a baby takes over her/his parents’ lives!  Adults cater to whatever the child wants or needs when the child wants or needs it.

Soon, though, the baby grows up and starts hearing, “It’s time for bed”,  “It’s time for lunch”, “It’s time to go to school”, “It’s time to do your homework” and so on.  School runs from 9 to 4 – whether a child is at her/his best or not – I remember in high school, during exam time,  I was too tired to study for exams when I got home.  I’d go to sleep early and study all night.  It was so much easier for me to memorize and learn at that time.  Lucky for me the exams were mostly scheduled for the morning so I was able to stay awake and fresh to write the exam.  That was my rhythm.  A rhythm that did not fit with social norms but it worked when I had the freedom to make it work.

What’s your rhythm?  When are you at your best?  When are you at your worst? 

When it comes to time management, it only makes sense, therefore,  to schedule, as much as is possible, to do what you do best when you feel the best and to leave some of the minor tasks when you’re rhythm is largo!  You’ll get more done and produce better quality results than trying to do important work during your lowest periods – doing the doing in rhythm with you! 

Think about it – think how you can create your own symphony in your life  – how can you use your time to your own greatest advantage based on your particular natural rhythmic propensities? 

Lorraine Arams
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How do you Find the Best Time Management System Suited to You

How do you find the best time management system to suit your life?

I’ve experienced many time management systems from huge systems which took a week of full-time study to learn to simple systems that were no longer than one page of instruction. Which one was best?

NONE.

There is no one system that is better than another. Why? Because there is no one life that is exactly like another. 

Yes, it’s good to learn different systems – very good – there is something to be captured from each one and each one has valuable information to offer. But know this – it’s valuable information from one perspective!

There is no one system that has it all for everyone!

So why to do I write about time management? Why do I think it’s so important to keep talking about time management?

Because life changes constantly for everyone. Everyone needs to make adjustments in how they manage their time to reflect those changes.  We don’t always know what those adjustments should look like.

For instance, if you’ve been an employee all your life with the same company, your time management has had a certain rhythm. Then, one day, you’re laid off. You decide to go into business for yourself. Your work time changes in a very big way. From one set of activities to multiple activities all in the same line of “work”, your time management must change to suit your new life. You simply can’t use the same systems you used in your job otherwise you’ll find a lot of things will be left undone.

And, what happens when the last child leaves home?  All of a sudden, there is a radical shift in needs.  One person is not there to talk to every day or to have meals with or to share experiences.  What happens to all that time?  How will you adjust?  For some people, they are elated – all that free time to take on new hobbies.  For others, it’s a time of loss – they have no idea how they will handle this new lifestyle.

What if you retire?  10 full hours of every day, 5 days a week, now are available.  What do you do with all that time?  Some people think it’s absolutely wonderful – for a while – and then reality sets in – this is not a vacation – it’s for real and forever more – I won’t be returning to work!  And after the traveling, connecting with old friends, golfing like crazy, there are still a lot of hours left over – what do you do?  For other people, they fill their time with so many other things, they create a new time management problem for themselves.

How do you know what to do?  Take a piece from here and a piece from there – combine the pieces to suit your life as it exists today – and experiment.  You’ll soon know what works and what doesn’t but most of the time you’ll take some piece of advice or a piece of a system and make it your own.

No two people are alike and no one system will work equally well for everyone.  For one person, a “to do” list is all they need; for someone else, a “to do” list is a source of pressure.  One person works best in the morning and another in the evening – how do you work your highest productivity time?  There are so many questions.

And . . . know that you’ll need to change habits sometimes as new events alter your life.

Do come back to my blog often – check out the articles – you might just find something that you need just at the right time.  Better yet, sign up to receive my blogs and newsletters regularly.  I research and I draw from my own experiences, I draw from other people’s experiences and knowledge, and I pass that knowledge on to you – you just never know when you’ll need a new way of managing your time.  If you can’t seem to put it together, I offer coaching too – it’s not expensive – most of the time, people only need an hour or two and they’ve found the answer – I do it all the time and it works!  It’s one of the greatest pleasures in my life when people write or call and tell me how our work together made a difference in their lives.

Lorraine Arams
http://www.wizetime.com

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